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Did you know that DRI International has a Customer Care Center available to you at +1-866-542-3744? If you still have questions after reviewing our FAQs, please contact us.

DRI Account and Login Questions
What does a DRI account allow me to do?

Your DRI account allows you to:

  • Register for training courses and exams
  • Access course materials
  • Apply for certification
  • Submit CEAPs
  • Submit your yearly maintenance fee
  • Take an online course or exam
  • Print your Certification (member) Card
  • Access the DRI International resources
  • Make a donation to the DRI Foundation
  • Update your information with DRI International
Why is it important to update the contact information in my DRI account?

DRI International sends its correspondence to the address and email that are on file in your DRI account. It is your responsibility that DRI International has your current contact information, so that you will be notified if your certification or recertification requirements have not been met.

How can I list myself in the Certified Professional directory?

Your Privacy Preference is set by you. To make changes, please update your profile by logging into your DRI account.

How do I provide DRI with feedback regarding my experience?

DRI International has many avenues you can take in contacting us regarding an appeal, complaint or recommendation. At the end of each course, following the exam, you will be provided an evaluation form. You may also complete the Questions/Comments box found on the bottom of our home page. These submissions can be anonymous. You may call us at 866-542-3744 or email Care@drii.org at any time.

Registration and Courses
Will I have to create a DRI account to register for courses?

Yes, this will allow you to receive your course materials, examination grade and submit your certification application.

What is DRI International's EIN number?

DRI International's EIN number is 43-1526946.

What training courses are offered by DRI International?

For a complete list of courses, please visit https://drii.org/education. For more information on corporate courses and custom seminars please visit https://drii.org/education/grouptraining.

How can I find out if a course is scheduled or not?

Under the Take Courses tab, click on "Search Courses". There you will be able to search for the course you are interested in. If you have questions or cannot find the course you are interested in, please submit an inquiry here or call +1-866-542-3744.

How do I determine which certification is for me?

The proper certification for you will depend on the length and focus of your experience. For more information please visit https://drii.org/certificationoverview or call us at +1-866-542-3744.

How do I register for a DRI International training course?

In order to register for a DRI International training course, select the date and location that you would like from our list here.
If you would like to register for a course inside of the United States, clicking on the "Register" button will prompt you to log into your DRI account.
To register for a class outside of the United States, please click on the "Register" button to be taken to the appropriate partner page.

Do the Public Sector Continuity courses (GCLE 2000 and GCP 501) qualify for the GSA Schedule discount?

Yes. These courses are covered under our GSA Schedule even though they are not listed at GSA Advantage at this time. In fact, all DRI training programs are covered under the GSA Schedule (except Audit).

Is there a course cancellation fee?

Yes. The fee for courses in the United States is USD$150.00. For more information on fees outside of the United States, please contact the relevant partner.

Can I pay for a course registration with a check or purchase order?

Yes, you can pay for your course registration with a check or purchase order. For more information, please contact our DRI International office at +1-866-542-3744 or registrar@drii.org. Please ensure that you have created a DRI account.

Is the qualifying examination fee included in the cost of the DRI International training course for which I have registered?

The cost of the corresponding examination is included with our full courses. If you are registered in a seminar, workshop or higher education course, please contact us to verify the cost of an examination.

How many questions are on the DRI International Qualifying Exam?

There are 100 multiple choice questions on the DRI International Qualifying Exam.

I didn't pass my exam, can I retake it?

Yes, you can retake the exam. Please note that the discounted exam retake fee of $250 is only available to those who have already taken the associated DRI course. Those who challenged the exam, but have not taken a course will be required to pay the full exam fee of $750 in order to retake the exam.

On which standard are the DRI training courses and DRI Qualifying Exam based?

Please refer to the detailed course and exam descriptions in the 'Training' and 'Exam' menu items under the 'Take Courses' section of our website.

What are the Professional Practices?

DRI International established the industry's international standard when we published the Professional Practices for Business Continuity Management.

Where can I find copies of the Professional Practices?

You can download the full Professional Practices by downloading them through your DRI account here.

Can I take an examination without taking a training course?

The Audit and Risk Management examinations require training. All other exams may be taken without first attending a course. You may register to take our examinations at one of our course locations or online through your DRI account.

Can anyone take the online exam?

The online exam is only available in select markets. Please contact the DRI office for more information.

What is the Master's Case Study exam?

The Master's Examination is a case study based essay exam covering every aspect of the ten subject areas contained in the industry's body of knowledge, the Professional Practices for Business Continuity Management. Students are allowed 4 hours to complete the written exam. Successful completion of the examination qualifies an individual to apply for MBCP designation. The cost of the exam is included in the cost of the BCP-601 course. Students may also register as exam-only without taking the course.

What is the price of the DRI examinations?

All DRI examinations are $750.00 each.

Are there study materials for the Qualifying Exam apart from a training course?

We offer the full download of the Professional Practices for free through your DRI account. We also offer self-guided online lessons here.

How is the Master's Case Study Exam administered?

The Master's Case Study Exam is taken online.

Certification
What is the first step in becoming a DRI International Certified Professional?

The first step in becoming a Certified Professional is to pass the relevant qualifying examination.

I have passed the DRI Qualifying Exam. For which certifications can I apply?

With successful completion of a certificate course or a passing score on an exam, you may apply for ABCP, CFCP, CBCP, or CBCV levels of certification.

What fees are associated with the application?

There are application fees for each certification application you complete. This fee is for the processing of the application. Please refer to the Certification section for more information on fees for each certification level.

What is the time-frame I should reference in my application?

The experience must have occurred within a ten-year period from your application date, and focus on your business continuity/disaster recovery planning responsibilities and accomplishments--not your position responsibilities or organizational accomplishments. See years required for each certification level.

What should the framework of my Subject Matter Essays be?

Use the Professional Practices as your guide for your essays. You should write about your experience in the first person.

I hold a current DRI International certification, how do I upgrade to a higher level?

If you would like to apply for a certification in a given career track, you must first pass the relevant Qualifying Exam. If you have already passed the exam to achieve a lower certification in the same track, you simply need to submit a new application.

Am I able to view the score I received on the exam?

Exam scores are only released as pass or fail.

I currently hold a DRI International certification, but the application website says that I have not passed the Qualifying Exam in last three years. What do I do?

If your certification is in good standing, please contact the certification administrator at certification@drii.org and they will be able to assist you with a test record.

Who reviews the applications?

The DRI International Commission conducts the reviews of applications.

My references need to have the email re-sent to them, how can I do this?

In order to have a reference request resent, log into your DRI account, view your application, select "View/Edit Reference," select the area you need to resend the reference email, select "Change/Resend Reference" and click "ok". This will resend the email to your reference.

How do I change one of my references?

In order to change a reference, you will need to log into your DRI account, view your application, select "View/Edit Reference," select the area you need to replace the reference, type in your new reference's name and email address, select "Change/Resend Reference" and select "ok." This will replace your reference and also send your new reference the email.

If the commissioners have any questions about my certification, can they contact me?

Each reviewing commissioner has one opportunity to request additional information on an application. The request will be made through the application system and must be received through this system.

How long do I have to respond to a request for additional information?

The response must be received within 90 days of the request.

I received an email stating that my application was approved, what does this mean?

If you have received an email stating your application has been approved, congratulations! You may use the certification designation from that point. You will also receive a certification plaque within a few weeks.

I submitted my certification application, but it still says incomplete. What do I need to do?

After you have paid for the certification application, there is a "submit to DRI" button. Please be sure to hit all submit buttons - including the one after you have submitted a payment. If you have done so and are still experiencing trouble, please contact the DRI office at +1-866-542-3744.

Maintain Certification
How do I maintain my certification?

There is a yearly maintenance fee for all certification levels. In addition, for the CFCP, CBCP, CBCA, CBCLA, CPSCP, CHPCP, CRMP and MBCP certifications, there are 80 Continuing Education Activity Points (CEAPs) required for every two-year period.

What is the yearly maintenance fee for my certification?

The yearly maintenance fees for the different certification levels can be found on the individual certification pages.

How do I earn CEAPs?

The various ways to earn CEAPs are detailed here.

What happens if I want to move to retired status?

The retired category is an active certification. There is a yearly maintenance fee. In addition, you do not have to enter Continuing Education Activity Points (CEAPs). You can still use your certification designation behind your name, however, you will need to put (Ret) after your certification.

Why has the CEAP policy changed?

DRI International realizes the importance of non-profit membership organizations and the financial pressures that many of them are facing. The CEAPs have been changed to help these organizations attract more members and increase sponsorship.

What are the changes to CEAPs?

Effective Jan.1,2015, CEAPs 4 through 10 have been changed so that participating in a non-profit membership organization event will earn a Certified Professional twice as many CEAPs as participating in a similar event with a for-profit organization.

Will the number of CEAPs necessary to maintain certification change?

No. It remains at 80 over a two year period.

How do I specify the CEAP activity is for non-profits rather than for-profits?

The CEAP chart has been changed to differentiate the number of CEAPs for non-profits vs. for profits. By entering the proper CEAP Number a Certified Professional will receive the proper number of CEAPs.

How will DRI International ensure that Certified Professionals are entering the appropriate CEAP Number?

The all-volunteer certification commission will be auditing individual Certified Professionals account to ensure they are entering the proper CEAP number. This will be done by comparing the event to a list of known for-profit and non-profit event organizers. Adjustments will be made for erroneous entries.

To ensure that your organization is on the non-profit list, send an email to Traci O'Neal at toneal@drii.org with the name of the organization and proof of its non-profit status. Such proof can be in the form of a copy of the organization's IRS 990 filing or a document from the IRS indicating the organization's non-profit status.

Audit Course and Audit Certification
Do I have to be certified by DRI to take the course and examination?

No, there are no prerequisites for taking the course and exam.

Please describe the BCLE AUDIT course.

We have a variety of audit courses depending on your local needs. For more information, please visit https://drii.org/education/NFPA-1600

What is the target audience for the BCLE AUDIT course?

The target audience is corporate planners, internal & external auditors, personnel interested in self-assessing programs, personnel assessing programs for clients, and personnel performing audits to better measure their state of preparedness.

What is the difference between CBCA/CBCLA and CISA?

While CISA credentials are well regarded in the information security audit arena and does qualify one to audit information security, it is less recognized in the business continuity world and unlikely to be accepted by companies seeking certification. For example: The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) published an official document endorsing all three levels of DRI Professional Certification for business continuity; the Department of Homeland Security is setting requirements for audit under PL 110-53 (Private sector preparedness act) and will very likely require demonstrated knowledge in both emergency/disaster and business continuity management. When we look at those who have multiple certifications we see ISACA and DRI International certifications (such as yours) being a complement to each other.

If I have passed the DRI Qualifying Examination and am certified can I apply for CBCA or CBCLA?

No, this is a distinct certification apart from ABCP, CBCP, CFCP, MBCP or CBCV. To qualify for this certification you must first pass the Audit Examination which is different than the Certified Professional Qualifying Examination.

Can I take the Audit Examination without taking the course?

At this time there is no means by which you can just take the exam. Due to the nature of the material, it is unlikely that one would be able to pass the exam without taking the course.

I didn't pass the Audit Exam, can I retake it?

Yes, you can retake the Audit Exam online for $250.00 or at a future Audit course location for $250.00.

Will the course and examination strictly follow NFPA 1600 and DRI's Professional Practices?

While these are recognized standards the material will certainly cover NFPA 1600 and DRI's Professional Practices. But it will also cover other standards, including BS25999, ASIS, Singapore's SS540 as well as public sector guidance. The objective is to prepare people for audits against multiple standards.

Can you tell me more about the certification process?

Once you have passed the Audit Examination, there will be an application process. The candidate will choose either the CBCA or CBCLA and will be required to provide references as to experience in BCP, emergency and disaster management and/or audit. The experience period will vary based upon the designation for which you are submitting an application. Please log into your DRI account to view the application.

Is this course only available in an instructor-led seminar, or will it be available online?

This course is only available as an instructor-led seminar at this time.

If I am a certified CBCP and/or CBCV, will I be able to hold the CBCA or CBCLA as an additional DRI certification?

Yes, these are all separate, unique certifications and may be held together.

How long will it take to process my CBCA application?

Our goal is less than one month from the time the application is completed and accepted by DRI. This is dependent on the responses from your references. To speed this process along, please notify your reference in advance. Lead auditor may require additional time.

Is there any continuing education requirement to maintain CBCA or CBCLA?
  • Yes, 80 CEAPs over a two year period. These CEAPs may be applied to other DRI certifications concurrently.
  • Submission of CEAPs is performed through your DRI account.
I've completed the exam, but do not see my grade in my DRI account.

If it has been more than one week:

Has the course been paid for?

  • (NO) We do not release grades for courses that are unpaid.
  • (YES) We will research and get back to you (please provide phone number, email, etc.)
How long is the exam?

The exam is 2.5 hours and is administered on the last day of the course.

Is the exam multiple choice or essay?

The exam is multiple choice consisting of 100 questions.

Is there a discount on maintenance fees if I hold multiple certifications with DRI?

No, each of the certifications that may be held through DRI International is totally separate and stands alone.

Is the application process required?

Yes, the application validates your practical experience in the field (the CBCA is looking for two years of practical experience and the CBCLA is looking for five years of relevant experience). Your experience is validated by the references you provide on your application.

Public Sector Course and Certification
Why a Public Sector Certification?

Public sector certification was meant to address the needs of federal, state and municipal employees and their vendors and suppliers. As is the case with most of our certifications, it came from a demand of Certified Professionals. This time it was public sector Certified Professionals who noted that there is a great deal of difference between the approach taken by private and public sector entities.

What is the difference between public and private sector continuity?

Besides the expected nomenclature differences, there are structural differences especially in the reporting function. Consider OEM at the state and municipal level and DHS, FEMA, ICE, etc. at the federal level. There are regulatory differences such as HSPD5, HSPD8, HSPD20, Federal Continuity Directive 1 (FCD1), and HSPD51, as well as municipal agency requirements.

How do the Public Sector Continuity courses differ from other federal courses, which are free?

While such FEMA courses as NIMS and ICS provide specific incident management requirements, the DRI International course goes well beyond this into the area of continuity of operations principles, analysis of impacts, strategies currently employed by governments, supply chain interfaces to the private sector, vendor selection practices and testing (much larger scale than private sector entities).

Why has DRI created the Public Sector Continuity track at this time?

Over the last few years we have been hearing about private sector - public sector convergence. This will bring together the two key components of large incidents: recovery and response. By understanding the issues that face each group, we are working to bridge the gap that currently exists. And for those who can demonstrate competency in both sectors the possibilities to help in the solution should be endless. In addition, it has taken DRI International 2 years to get the right experts from the public sector to author and review the course and exam.

Do I have to be already certified by DRI to take the course and examination?

No, there are no prerequisites for taking the course and exam.

What is the target audience for the Public Sector Continuity courses?

This training is targeted at civil servant, contractors and those working in the federal, state or local government setting.

If I have passed the DRI Qualifying Examination and am certified can I apply for APSCP or CPSCP?

No, this is a distinct certification apart from ABCP, CBCP, CFCP, MBCP or CBCV. To qualify for this certification you must first pass the Public Sector Examination which is different than the Certified Professional Qualifying Examination.

Can I take the Public Sector Examination without taking the course?

Yes, you can take the exam without taking the course.

I didn't pass the Public Sector Exam, can I retake it?

Yes, you may retake the Public Sector Exam.

Can you tell me more about the certification process?

Once you have passed the Public Sector Examination, there will be an application process. The candidate will choose either the APSCP or CPSCP and will be required to provide references as to experience in public sector continuity and recovery planning. The experience period will vary based upon the designation for which you are submitting an application. Please log into your DRI account to view the application.

Is this course only available in an instructor-led seminar, or will it be available online?

This course is only available as an instructor led seminar at this time.

If I am a certified CBCP and/or CBCV, will I be able to hold the APSCP or CPSCP as an additional DRI certification?

Yes, these are all separate, unique certifications and may be held together.

How long will it take to process my CPSCP application?

Our goal is less than one month from the time the application is completed and accepted by DRI. This is dependent on the responses from your references. To speed this process along, please notify your references in advance.

Is there any continuing education requirement to maintain CPSCP?

Yes, 80 CEAPs over a two year period. These CEAPs may be applied to other DRI certifications concurrently. The Guidelines for CEAPs can be found on our website. Submission of CEAPs is performed through your DRI account.

I've completed the exam but do not see my grade in my DRI account.

If it has been more than one week:

Has the course been paid for?

  • (NO) We do not release grades for courses that are not paid.
  • (YES) We will research and get back to you (please provide phone number, email, etc.)
How long is the exam?

The exam is 2.5 hours and is administered on the last day of the course.

Is the exam multiple choice or essay?

The exam is multiple choice consisting of 100 questions.

Is there a discount on maintenance fees if I hold multiple certifications with DRI?

No, each of the certifications that may be held through DRI International is totally separate and stands alone.

Is the application process required?

Yes, the application validates your practical experience in the field (the APSCP is looking for two years of practical experience and the CPSCP is looking for five years of relevant experience). Your experience is validated by the references you provide on your application.

Is DRI International listed on the GSA Schedule?

Yes. Our GSA contract number is GS-02F-0095X.

What type of discount is given to customers that use the GSA schedule?

There is a 15% discount for individual civil servants taking any DRI International courses; however there are deeper discounts for group training.

  • 15% for Individuals
  • 17% for groups up to 20
  • 20% for groups of more than 21

Please call our office at +1-866-542-3744 for more information.

How can I get the GSA schedule discount if trying to register for a course?

You must call our office to receive the discount.

Healthcare Course and Certification
Why a Healthcare certification?

A number of state and city agencies, such as NYC DOHMH and the Colorado Hospital Association, representing hospitals actively are seeking training opportunities and conducting hospital business continuity summits to train emergency managers on Healthcare business continuity. The Healthcare provider industry has unique regulations and requirements. Unlike many other industries, BCP in the Healthcare environment is about individuals' lives, and for this reason, DRI International believes that it deserves its own certification.

Do I have to be certified by DRI to take the course and examination?

No, there are no prerequisites for taking the course and exam.

What is the target audience for the Healthcare Continuity track?

Resiliency/BCP professionals in the healthcare industry.

If I have passed the DRI Qualifying Examination and am certified, can I apply for AHPCP or CHPCP?

No, this is a distinct certification apart from ABCP, CBCP, CFCP, MBCP or CBCV. To qualify for this certification, you must first pass the Healthcare Examination, which is totally different from the Certified Professional Qualifying Examination.

Can I take the Healthcare Exam without taking the course?

Yes, you can take the exam without taking the course.

Can you tell me more about the certification process?

Once you have passed the Healthcare Examination, there will be an application process. You will choose either the AHPCP or CHPCP and will be required to provide references to demonstrate experience in the healthcare industry. The experience period will vary based upon the designation for which you are submitting an application. Please log into your DRI account to view the application.

If I am a certified CBCP and/or CBCV, will I be able to hold the AHPCP or CHPCP as an additional DRI certification?

Yes, these are all separate unique certifications and may be held concurrently.

How long after taking the Healthcare Examination will I receive my grade?

You will receive your grade within one week of completing the exam.

How long will it take to process my CHPCP application?

Our goal is to have your application processed within one month from the time the application is completed and accepted by DRI International. This is dependent upon the responses from your references. To speed this process along, please notify your references in advance.

Is there any continuing education requirement to maintain AHPCP or CHPCP?

Yes, the requirement is 80 CEAPs over a two-year period. These CEAPs may be applied to other DRI certifications concurrently. The guidelines for CEAPs can be found on www.drii.org. Submission of CEAPs is performed through your DRI account.

I've completed the exam but do not see my grade in my DRI account.

Exam scores may take up to one week to be released. If it has been more than three weeks and the course has not been paid for, we will release the grade upon receipt of payment. If it has been more than three weeks and the course has been paid for, please contact us at +1-866-542-3744 so that we may investigate the issue.

How long is the exam?

The exam is 2.5 hours and is administered on the last day of the course.

Is the exam multiple choice or essay?

The exam is multiple-choice, consisting of 100 questions.

Is there a discount on maintenance fees if I hold multiple certifications with you?

No, each of the certifications available through DRI International is totally separate and stands alone.

Is the application process required?

Yes, the application is used to validate your practical experience in the field (the AHPCP is available if you have less than two years of healthcare recovery disaster planning and the CHPCP is available if you have more than five years of healthcare continuity/disaster recovery). Your experience is validated by the references you provide on your application.

Risk Management Course and Certification
Do I have to be certified by DRI to take the course and examination?

No, there are no prerequisites for taking the course and exam.

What is the target audience for the RMLE 2000 course?

Instruction and practical exercises followed by the Risk Management Examination. Instructors offer a comprehensive approach to Risk Evaluation and Control delineating the skills, knowledge and procedures needed to effectively perform Risk Management.

If I have passed the DRI Qualifying Examination and am certified can I apply for ARMP or CRMP?

No, this is a distinct certification apart from ABCP, CBCP, CFCP, MBCP or CBCV. To qualify for this certification you must first pass the Risk Examination which is different than the Certified Professional Qualifying Examination.

Can I take the Risk Examination without taking the course?

At this time there is no means by which you can just take the exam. Due to the nature of the material, it is unlikely that one would be able to pass the exam without taking the course.

I didn't pass the Risk Examination, can I retake it?

Yes, you can retake the Risk Exam online or at a future course location for $250.00.

Can you tell me more about the certification process?

Once you have passed the Risk Examination, there will be an application process. The candidate will choose either the ARMP or CRMP and will be required to provide references as to their experience. The experience period will vary based upon the designation for which you are submitting an application. Please log into your DRI account to view the application.

Is this course only available in an instructor-led seminar, or will it be available online?

This course is only available as an instructor-led seminar at this time.

If I am a certified CBCP and/or CBCV, will I be able to hold the ARMP or CRMP as an additional DRI certification?

Yes, these are all separate, unique certifications and may be held together.

How long will it take to process my CRMP application?

Our goal is less than one month from the time the application is completed and accepted by DRI. This is dependent on the responses from your references. To speed this process along, please notify your reference in advance.

Is there any continuing education requirement to maintain CRMP?
  • Yes, 80 CEAPs over a two year period. These CEAPs may be applied to other DRI certifications concurrently.
  • Submission of CEAPs is performed through your DRI account.
I've completed the exam, but do not see my grade in my DRI account.

If it has been more than one week:

Has the course been paid for?

  • (NO) We do not release grades for courses that are unpaid.
  • (YES) We will research and get back to you (please provide phone number, email, etc.)
How long is the exam?

The exam is 2.5 hours and is administered on the last day of the course.

Is the exam multiple choice or essay?

The exam is multiple choice consisting of 100 questions.

Is there a discount on maintenance fees if I hold multiple certifications with DRI?

No, each of the certifications that may be held through DRI International is totally separate and stands alone.

Is the application process required?

Yes, the application validates your practical experience in the field (the ARMP is for those new to the industry and have less than two years of practical experience and the CRMP is looking for more than two years of relevant experience). Your experience is validated by the references you provide on your application.

Resilient Enterprise and Center of Excellence in Resilience
What is a Resilient Enterprise?

A "Resilient Enterprise" designation will be awarded to entities recognized for extraordinary commitment to areas of business continuity management (BCM), including emergency management, business continuity, disaster recovery, and crisis management.

What is a Center of Excellence in Resilience?

The "Center of Excellence in Resilience" designation will be awarded to entities who not only show a dedication to making their organization resilient, but also serve as a center for providing information, education and thought leadership to their community and industry. NYU Langone Medical Center is the first organization to be recognized by DRI as a Center of Excellence in Resilience.

What is the Resilient Enterprise Assessment Program (REAP)?

To receive a Resilient Enterprise or Center of Excellence in Resilience designation, entities must successfully complete an extensive review and approval process. The Resilient Enterprise Assessment Program (REAP) is a key part of the review which is designed to categorize the overall state of readiness of the business continuity program within an entity including:

  • Organizational Structure and Governance
  • Assessment Process
  • Planning Process
  • Plan Testing
  • Plan Maintenance
  • Personnel Training and Awareness

REAP also provides detailed recommendations for program improvement.

DRI Professional's Conference

The annual DRI Conference is dedicated to the meaningful exchange of information among professionals in the areas of business continuity, disaster recovery, risk management and more, across all industries.

For more information about the annual DRI Conference, please visit here.

Collegiate Conference Series
What is the DRI International Collegiate Conference Series?

The program mission is to provide education and networking conference opportunities for DRI Certified Professionals and continuity leaders and introduce the profession to interested college seniors, graduate students and university faculty in a day-long regional event format.

Why did DRI International create the Collegiate Conference Series?

For a number of years DRI International has worked with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) through the BCLE1500 course to combine the DRI International certification with course materials specifically designed for the HEI setting. This is an extension of that partnership. Additionally, DRI International feels that many companies and individuals cannot afford the cost of many of the commercial conferences that charge more than $500.00 for a one-day conference.

What is the charge for the one-day conference?

The total cost to Certified Professionals is a $50.00 tax-deductible contribution to the DRI Foundation. The price includes all materials and food and beverage.

  • The first conference was held at the University of Maryland's Smith School of Business on April 10, 2015.
  • You can find a list of upcoming Collegiate Conferences here.
How are the DRI Collegiate Conferences different from the annual DRI 4-day conference?

There is no substitute for the international attendance, high-level networking, and fun social events at the DRI annual conference. But not every company or government agency can afford the cost or time commitment for a multi-day out-of-town conference. So DRI created the Collegiate Conference to offer similar professional development benefits in a lower-cost format, in different regions where DRI Certified Professionals live and work. The eventual goal is to host Collegiate Conferences in as many underserved areas as possible, wherever there are Certified Professionals, suitable for a day trip or single night's stay.

Why is the registration cost so much less for a Collegiate Conference than an annual DRI 4-day conference?

The costs associated with a Collegiate Conference are much lower than the costs for a DRI full-scale annual conference. The college or university donates the meeting space, as opposed to a full conference which takes place at a commercial hotel or conference center. There are fewer planning personnel involved, lower food and hospitality costs, and an overall less demanding process.

Are the Collegiate Conferences just for college students?

No, these events are designed primarily for business continuity professionals. They take place on college campuses, but the content covers professional-level business continuity issues. College students will be invited to attend, learn, and network with business continuity professionals, but the content will not be simplified to a college level.

Will I get Continuing Education Activity Points for attending?

Yes, attendance at a DRI Collegiate Conference will earn each participant a full 8 CEAPs. The number of CEAPs allotted to DRI Certified Professionals is based on the Guidelines for Continuing Education Activity Points. Attendees from outside of DRI will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Do I need to register in advance?

Advance registration is preferred due to space limitations of the various schools. If we run out of open seats, we won't be able to accept any more attendees, so advance registration is strongly recommended.

Can I just come and register on-site?

Yes, we will accept walk-in registrations. A walk-in registrant will be required to provide contact information including email address. Walk-in registrants will be subscribed to a DRI account on-site or after the conference.

DRI Foundation and Scholarships

DRI Foundation is the charitable arm of DRI International and has a vision of resilient communities worldwide. Resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity and build back better. We pursue that vision through: promoting disaster risk reduction through partnership and education, and aiding recovery efforts through fundraising and volunteerism.

For more information about DRI Foundation and Scholarships, please visit here.

Committees
What is the Future Vision Committee?

Bringing together a global community of subject matter experts, DRI International has convened the Future Vision Committee, the leading global think tank on matters of operational resilience, discipline integration, and the future role of resilience professionals. This interdisciplinary group seeks to unite the profession by establishing meaningful and productive links among other professional bodies, higher education, and membership organizations. Check out their annual Trends and Predictions Report in your DRI account.

Who are the Young Leaders in Resilience?

Young Leaders in Resilience is a NY-based committee affiliated with DRI International, serving risk management and related disciplines through developing and supporting relationships amongst its practitioners. These disciplines include risk management, business continuity, disaster recovery, information risk management, and resiliency.

What is the DRI Veterans Committee?

DRI International is establishing an outreach program that provides guidance and professional assistance for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces transitioning from military service to civilian life and looking for a career to match their skill sets. To this end, DRI is forming a committee that will focus on the best way to serve the transitioning military community.

DRI Sponsorship and Partnering Opportunities
Webinar Sponsorship

DRI webinars are well-attended events that often attract over 1000 BC/DR professionals during the 'live' broadcast with many more accessing it afterwards through DRI's website. As such, this is a great way for companies to market directly to this audience in a controlled environment.

If your company is interested in sponsoring one of DRI's upcoming quarterly webinars, please contact Russell Wooldridge at rwooldridge@drii.org.

DRIVE E-newsletter Advertising

DRI's biweekly digital newsletter, DRIVE, reaches an audience of 30k+ industry professionals worldwide. Companies have the opportunity to create their own sponsored ad to convey a targeted message to this elite audience of BC/DR professionals.

If your company is interested in learning more about DRIVE advertising packages, please contact Russell Wooldridge at rwooldridge@drii.org.

How do we become a partner organization?

DRI relies on a wide network of partner organizations who share the same mission of helping organizations around the world prepare for and recover from disasters. Partner benefits are many and include access to DRI expert speakers, promotional capabilities, and discounts. You can learn more about DRI's partner organizations on DRI's collaborative partner organization web page.

If your organization would like to help DRI grow the global business continuity community, build a robust knowledge sharing platform and promote greater resiliency, please contact Buffy Rojas Leach at brojas@drii.org or Ingrid Shieh at ishieh@drii.org.